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This paper presents the results of a field experiment in which a random subsample of older workers was given information about key Social Security provisions, while a control group was not. The experiment was designed to examine whether it is possible to affect individual behavior using a More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Tags: Social Security, Employment
Date: 9/28/2010
We study retirement savings decisions and outcomes in Oregon University System’s Optional Retirement Plan (ORP). During our sample period, 32% of ORP participants choose to invest through HIGH, which markets itself as providing personal face-to-face financial service. The other participants More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 11/1/2010
The authors conducted a field experiment to evaluate the effect of receiving information about the retirement savings decisions of one's peers. Non-participants and low savers in one firm's 401(k) plan received letters enabling them to enroll or increase their plan contribution rate by returning a More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 11/1/2010
Doorways to Dreams Fund (D2D) is working to develop and test video games attractive to low-income and minority adults that will provide training in critical financial skills to improve financial decision-making. During the last year, D2D has conceived, developed and delivered the third and fourth More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 11/1/2010
This paper investigates the effectiveness of both videos and narratives in improving people's understanding of five basic concepts in financial planning: (1) compound interest; (2) inflation; (3) risk diversification; (4) tax treatment of retirement savings vehicles; and (5) employer matches of More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 11/1/2010
This paper uses data from the Health and Retirement Study to explore the mechanism that underlies the robust relation found in the literature between cognitive ability, and in particular numeracy, and wealth, income constant. We have a number of findings. First, the more valuable the pension, the More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Tags: Financial literacy, Financial Education, Pensions
Date: 9/1/2010
Two competing explanations for why consumers have trouble with financial decisions are gaining momentum. One is that people are financially illiterate since they lack understanding of simple economic concepts and cannot carry out computations such as computing compound interest, which could cause More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 10/1/2010
This project examines how employer-provided financial education for newly hired workers affects participation in retirement savings plans. The investigators partnered with six large employers to explore what financial education is currently offered to new hires. Each employer provided individual More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 10/1/2010
This paper analyzes new data from the 2009 National Financial Capability Study. This survey provides information to assess how American households make financial decisions, how they are faring under current economic conditions, and in what ways financial knowledge contributes to financial More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Tags: Social Security
Date: 9/1/2010
This study explores the relationship between general human capital investment, financial knowledge, occupational spillovers, and the accumulation of wealth in a primarily descriptive manner. Drawing upon human capital theory and following previous related work by Delavande, Rohwedder and Willis More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 10/1/2010